Fines that can be paid before your court date

Certain citations can be paid before your court date. By paying your fine before your court date, you are pleading guilty to the charge(s). If you wish to plead nolo contendere to any charges, you must appear in court.

If you received more than one citation--and any of those citations is on the list of charges requiring a court appearance--you must come to court on all the citations and cannot pay any of the fines in advance.

In other words, if you are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Expired Tag, you cannot pay the citation for Expired Tag before your court date, even though it is on the list below of citations that can be paid before your court date. Instead, the citation for Expired Tag must be taken care of in court at the same time as the DUI charge.

If your citation is marked "Court Only," you must appear in court and cannot pay the fine in advance.

PAY MUNICIPAL COURT FINES ONLINE or by phone toll-free at 1-800-701-8560.

PLEASE ALLOW 5 BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE DATE THE CITATION IS ISSUED TO MAKE A PAYMENT.

The Municipal Court does not accept personal checks on out-of-state banks. To pay a fine by mail, send a certified check or money order, payable to the Clerk of Municipal Court, with a copy of your citation(s) to:

Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County
Post Office Box 1705
Athens, Ga. 30603-1705


To pay a fine in person, come to the Clerk's Office, Room 170 on the Ground Floor of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, which is located at 325 East Washington Street, Athens, Ga. 30601.

Please allow one week from the date of the citation to pay your fine in person, as it takes several days for the citation to be processed by the court.

You may pay in person with VISA or MasterCard credit or debit card; cash; a certified check or money order; and a personal check on a Georgia bank only.

VIOLATION DESCRIPTION
CODE CITATION
FINE AMOUNT, includes Court Costs and State Surcharges where applicable
Allowing an Unlicensed Person to Drive
OCGA §40-5-122*
$185
Altered License Tag
OCGA §40-2-5
$288
Camera Red Light
OCGA §40-6-20(f)
$70***
Commercial Tire Requirements
OCGA §40-8-74
$424
Cruising (1st Violation Only)
ACC §3-3-64
$85
Cruising (2nd Violation Only)
ACC §3-3-64
$110
Curfew Violation (1st Violation Only)
ACC §3-16-3 and
ACC §3-16-4
$160
Defective Equipment
OCGA §40-8-7
$151
Disobeying/ Running a Red Light
OCGA §40-6-20
$185
Disobeying/ Running a Stop Sign
OCGA §40-6-72
$185
Disorderly Conduct
ACC §3-5-1
$300
Distracted Driving
OCGA §40-6-241
$185
Distracted Driving--Unlawful Wireless Use
OCGA §40-6-241.1
$150***
Distracted Driving--Texting While Driving
OCGA §40-6-241.2
$150***
Driving in the Gore
OCGA §40-6-50
$185
Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road
OCGA §40-6-40
$185
Duty to Report an Accident
OCGA §40-6-273
$356
Expired License
OCGA §40-5-32
$185
Expired Tag
OCGA §40-2-8(a)
$185
Failure to Change Address on Driver's License within 60 Days
OCGA 40-5-33
$69
Failure to Dim Headlights
OCGA §40-8-31
$151
Failure to Display Current Decal
OCGA §40-2-8.1
$125
Failure to Maintain Lane
OCGA §40-6-48
$185
Failure to Signal
OCGA §40-6-123
$185
Failure to Yield Right of Way
OCGA §40-6-70, 71, 72, and 73
$185
Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
OCGA §40-6-74
$185
Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk
OCGA §40-6-91(a)
$288
False Alarm Violation (1st Citation in a Calendar Year)
ACC §3-6-3 and ACC §3-6-4
$160
False Alarm Violation (2nd Citation in a Calendar Year)
ACC §3-3-3 and ACC §3-6-4
$200
False Alarm Violation (3rd Citation in a Calendar Year)
ACC §3-3-3 and ACC §3-6-4
$300
Fireworks Violation
ACC §3-5-51
$160
Following too Closely
OCGA §40-6-49(a) and (b)
$185
Glass Container
ACC §3-12-23
$70
Headphones while Driving
OCGA §40-6-250
$185
Impeding the Flow of Traffic
OCGA §40-6-184
$185
Improper Backing
OCGA §40-6-240
$185
Improper Driving on the Roadway/ Weaving
OCGA §40-6-48
$185
Improper Passing/ Passing in a No-Passing Zone
OCGA §40-6-46
$185
Improper Standing/ Stopping
OCGA §40-6-203
$185
Improper Starting of a Parked Vehicle
OCGA §40-6-122
$185
Improper Tag Display
OCGA §40-2-41
$185
Improper Turn/ U-Turn
OCGA §40-6-120 and
OCGA §40-6-121
$185
Improper Use of Central Lane
OCGA §40-6-126
$185
In a Park after Dark or after Hours
ACC 1-10-4
$50
Instructional/ Learner’s Permit Violation
OCGA §40-5-24
$185
Laying Drags
OCGA §40-6-251
$185
Littering on the Highway
OCGA §40-6-249
$185
Loud Music from a Vehicle
OCGA §40-6-14
$185
Move Over Violation--Failure to Yield to a Funeral Procession
OCGA §40-6-76
$151
Move Over Violation--Failure to Move Over for an Emergency Vehicle on the Roadway
OCGA §40-6-16
$356
No Brake Lights or Brake Lights Not Working Properly
OCGA 40-8-20
$151
No Company Name Displayed
OCGA §40-8-9
$83
No Headlights or Headlights Not Working Properly
OCGA 40-8-22
$151
No Helmet/ Protective Gear
OCGA §40-6-315
$219
Noise Ordinance Violation (1st Citation)
ACC §3-5-24
$250
Noise Ordinance Violation (2nd or Subsequent Citation)
ACC §3-5-24
$350
No License on Person
OCGA §40-5-29
$28
No Tag Lights
OCGA 40-8-23(d)
$83
No Tail Lights or Tail Lights Not Working Properly
OCGA 40-8-25
$151
No Through Trucks Violation
ACC §3-3-54
$100
No Tow Lights/ No Flag on Load
OCGA §40-8-27
$151
Obstructing a Driver’s View or Control
OCGA §40-6-242
$185
Obstructing an Intersection
OCGA §40-6-205
$185
Open Container Violation
ACC §6-3-12
$100
Open Container Violation
OCGA §40-6-253
$288
Parking in a Handicapped Zone
ACC §3-3-13 and OCGA §40-6-226
$288
Passing on a Curve or Hill—21 and Over Driver
OCGA §40-6-45(a)(1)
$219
Passing in a No Passing Zone at a Railroad Grade
OCGA §40-6-45(a)(2)
$288
Passing in a No Passing Zone at or near a Bridge
OCGA §40-6-45(a)(3)
$253
Pedestrian Traffic-Control Device Violation
OCGA §40-6-90
$288
Pedestrian Under the Influence
OCGA §40-6-95
$288
Posting Handbills
ACC §3-12-10 and ACC §3-12-11
$70
Public Intoxication
ACC §3-5-4
$210
Public Urination or Defecation
ACC §3-5-22
$210
Railroad Crossing Violations
OCGA §40-6-140 through
OCGA §40-6-144
$356
Riding a Bicycle on a Sidewalk
ACC §3-10-3
$70
Riding/ Skating a Skateboard on the Sidewalk
ACC §3-10-3
$70
Safety/ Seatbelt Violation—8-18 Years (1st Violation Only)
OCGA §40-8-76.1
$25***
Safety/ Seatbelt Violation (Adult Only)
OCGA §40-8-76.1
$15***
Smoking in a Prohibited Location
ACC §4-3-1, et. seq.
$100
Speeding 6-10 Miles per Hour Over the Limit
OCGA §40-6-181
$35
Speeding 6-10 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a School Zone
OCGA §40-6-181
$49
Speeding 6-10 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a Construction Zone
OCGA §40-6-188
$390
Speeding 11-14 Miles per Hour Over the Limit
OCGA §40-6-181
$124
Speeding 11-14 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a School Zone
OCGA §40-6-181
$151
Speeding 11-14 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a Construction Zone
OCGA §40-6-188
$492
Speeding 15-18 Miles per Hour Over the Limit
OCGA §40-6-181
$158
Speeding 15-18 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a School Zone
OCGA §40-6-181
$185
Speeding 15-18 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a Construction Zone
OCGA §40-6-188
$526
Speeding 19-23 Miles per Hour Over the Limit
OCGA §40-6-181
$192
Speeding 19-23 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a School Zone
OCGA §40-6-181
$219
Speeding 19-23 Miles per Hour Over the Limit in a Construction Zone
OCGA §40-6-188
$629
Striking an Unattended Vehicle
OCGA §40-6-271
$356
Striking a Fixture
OCGA §40-6-272
$356
Tarp Violation
ACC §3-12-7
$100
Too Fast for Conditions
OCGA §40-6-180
$185
Unregistered Vehicle
OCGA §40-2-20
$151
Unsecured Load
OCGA §40-6-248.1
$185
Unsecured Load Resulting in an Accident
OCGA §40-6-254
$288
Vehicle on Sidewalk
OCGA §40-6-144
$185
Vehicle Width Violation
OCGA §32-6-23
$100
Window Tint/ Windshield Violation
OCGA §40-8-73 and OCGA §40-8-73.1
$151
Wrong Class of License
OCGA §40-5-23
$185
Wrong Way on a One Way Street
OCGA §40-6-47
$219

*OCGA=Official Code of Georgia Annotated, which indicates a State law violation.

**ACC=Athens-Clarke County Municipal Code, which indicates a county ordinance violation.

***These fines do NOT include surcharges or court costs, as surcharges and court costs are prohibited by law on these charges.

**ACC=Athens-Clarke County Municipal Code, which indicates a county ordinance violation.

*OCGA=Official Code of Georgia Annotated, which indicates a State law violation.

Please note that prior to January 13, 2012, all violations listed in bold type were COURT ONLY. If you were charged with any of these violations PRIOR to January 13, 2012, you MUST come to court on the date listed on your citation.

***Please note this amount is for citations written on September 10, 2012 and after.

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